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Helm Balance – Center of Effort, Lateral Resistance, Centerboard, Mast Rake

Often when reading about sailboats, one encounters criticism with respect the excessive weather helm as a negative characteristic of a vessel’s sailing performance. With a little research, weather helm is revealed as a tendency of the sailboat to turn windward necessitating a constant and opposite … Continue readingHelm Balance – Center of Effort, Lateral Resistance, Centerboard, Mast Rake

Sailboat Rig Types: Sloop, Cutter, Ketch, Yawl, Schooner, Cat

Naval architects designate sailboat rig types by number and location of masts. The six designations are sloop, cutter, cat, ketch, yawl, and schooner. Although in defining and describing these six rigs I may use terminology associated with the sail plan, the rig type has nothing … Continue readingSailboat Rig Types: Sloop, Cutter, Ketch, Yawl, Schooner, Cat